The cultural capital of New Mexico has gourmet restaurants, iconic architecture, landmark properties, and high end retail, as well as a mesmerizing history and rich indigenous culture. Arguably the world capital of silver, turquoise and Native American ceramics, UNESCO honored Santa Fe by naming it one of only 19 crafts and folk art Creative Cities in the world. Be sure to satisfy your inner collector and check out the Museum of Indian Art and Culture and its unique collection of pottery, jewelry, textiles, and paintings. There is also a great contemporary art scene in Santa Fe, with 250 galleries in town (it's the third largest art market in the U.S.), a testament to the special spirit that dwells here. What you'll notice right away, in landscape and in streetscape, is that Santa Fe in not necessarily the City Beautiful, which is aspired to in cities of the Northeast or even Europe: it's the City Different. And it's embraced its uniqueness ever since New Mexico gained statehood in 1912, which has resulted in a beauty all its own.
Where to stay? The most luxurious and centrally-located property is La Fonda On the Plaza. This charming and palatial adobe hotel built in the Spanish-Pueblo Revival style opened in 1922 and feels like the pulse of the town, conveniently located only a few blocks easy walk to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and a leisurely stroll to the galleries of Canyon Road. Be sure to check out the boutiques located in La Fonda itself, which sell some distinctive and high quality gifts and treasures. And be sure to have delicious margaritas and bar bites in the hotel's bar, La Fiesta Lounge, which was been restored to its "desert deco" glory. This is a romantic property, and makes the perfect location for a weekend getaway or a wedding. La Fonda has the city's largest ballroom and all the event spaces are charmingly decorated with fireplaces, chandeliers, and original Southwest art. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org.